Driving test marks 75th birthday

Figures showing how much safer the driving test has made the UK's roads have been released to mark the exam's 75th birthday.

In 1934, the year before compulsory testing was introduced, 7,343 people were killed and there were 1.5 million cars. In 2008, however, with 34 million vehicles, there were only 2,538 fatalities.

Road safety minister Mike Penning said: "The driving test is not just a rite of passage, it has helped save thousands of lives on our roads.

"The test and the learning needed to pass it are a vital part of giving drivers the skills they need to drive efficiently and safely.

"High standards of driver training and assessment are an essential contribution to helping Britain's roads remain among the safest in the world."

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